Viewpoints: Congress Must Pass Funding For 988; Can Tackling Social Disparities Lift Life Spans?
Editorial writers weigh in on these public health topics.
Los Angeles Times:
988 Is A Crucial Lifeline — But Needs Federal Guidance And Funding To Remain Vital
For all the convulsive court decisions, congressional hearings, price increases, invasions, mass killings and social media takeovers, 2022 should also be remembered as the year of 988 — the nationwide crisis line that went live in July. (12/14)
Cook County Is Embracing Holistic Health Care Solutions To Tackle Disparities Caused By Systemic Bias
As reported by the Tribune in 2019, a study by New York University’s School of Medicine, which built on similar, earlier research, found that Chicago residents living in Streeterville could expect to live 30 years longer on average than their neighbors in Englewood just 10 miles away. That is the largest urban disparity in the U.S. (Ram Raju, 12/13)
Hospice Care Needs Saving
Hospice in America is gravely ill. An extensive investigation jointly published by The New Yorker and ProPublica documented outright fraud, predatory practices, and flagrant mistreatment by specific publicly traded and private equity-owned hospice companies. (Ira Byock, 12/14)
'Made In America' Will Help Protect The Medical Supply Chain
The Covid-19 pandemic exposed a serious flaw in the United States’ medical supply chain: an overreliance on imported supplies. Reinvigorating a domestic supply chain is an important step toward protecting Americans’ health and the country’s national security. (Tony Paquin and David Sanders, 12/14)
The CT Mirror:
Reflecting On Gun Laws On The Anniversary Of Sandy Hook
It’s been 10 years since a gunman took 26 innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary — the lives of children and educators. And while this anniversary is difficult, it offers us an opportunity to reflect on gun violence policy in our state and nation. (Kerri M. Raissian, 12/14)